Stoops talks about North Texas

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops answers a question during his weekly press news conference at the Barry Switzer Center in Norman on Tuesday. See inside for a complete transcript of Stoops' comments regarding this weekend's season opener against the Mean Green.

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops hosted his first weekly media luncheon on Tuesday at the Barry Switzer Center in Norman. Below are his comments on North Texas.

On opening against North Texas
"Our first test this week with North Texas is a good one. As everyone has talked about, our non-conference schedule is loaded with four bowl winners, not just four bowl participants. Our players understand our first one with North Texas this week is a team that's one back-to-back Sunbelt championships and are expected to win it again this year. They've got a good number starters back and are a team we played here a few years ago. They're a good, well-coached football team. Coach Darrell Dickey and his staff do an excellent job. We realize we'll have to be prepared to play, and I believe our players will be excited to play and open up the season. We're looking forward to the challenge of it."

On North Texas nose guard Brandon Kennedy
"Kennedy is an excellent nose guard. Very powerful, excellent quickness. Makes a lot of plays. Anytime you have a defensive lineman that's the MVP of the conference, that tells you a lot. He makes a lot of plays for them. We'll have to be at our best to make sure we can block him and handle him."

On if his height makes him tougher to block "I think his power and his speed make him more difficult to block than his height. It doesn't much matter how big a guy is as long as he can move and has strength to move people and get to where he wants to go, and he does."

On Kennedy being the strength of North Texas' defense
"They also return two linebackers that are awfully good. Very solid defense. They're defensive backs are very good. I believe both safeties got all-conference honors a year ago and are expected to this year."

On the accomplishments of North Texas and what they could do to give OU problems
"They were first in their league in every single defensive category. They were first in their league in kickoff returns and punting. I think they were third in their league in kickoff coverage. And in punt returns, I want to say they were first or second. They led their league in rushing offense. Regardless of what conference you're in everything is relative. They're playing at a high level and are succeeding in winning championships. And on top of that, doing it in an impressive way."

On what the North Texas' offense brings to the table
"They're very similar to a couple of years ago when we played them. They give you a good number of formations, a lot of motion and a lot of adjustments to try and just get you out of your gaps and off your alignments. They've been very good running the football, that's what their trademark has been. From there, they try to break the pocket with ‘sprints' and ‘boots' to create some big plays. But their trademark has been trying to run the football, and they led their league in rushing last year."

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